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               October 2016

(Revised October 2016)


                           Ph.D. in Fine Arts
                           Art Specialization:
                 Critical Studies and Artistic Practice

                                October 2016

                                NOTA BENE

                Changes effected after the date of the handbook
     or the date of revision on individual pages are not incorporated here.
       In particular, examine revised editions of the General Guidelines
                 formulated by the Visual and Performing Arts
                              Graduate Committee,
                                  and visit the
                                FADP web site at:

                             Statement of Purpose:
This handbook is intended to assist both Doctoral students and graduate faculty.
     Its contents codify information, procedures, and degree requirements
        of the Art Specialization within the Fine Arts Doctoral Program.

   Students are expected to become thoroughly familiar with this document
                  and to follow the requirements as outlined.


Statement of Purpose                                                                                       2

SECTION ONE: THE DOCTORAL PROGRAM IN FINE ARTS                                                             4

   I.1.      General Guidelines to the Program. VPA Graduate Committee (revised 2003, 2014, 2015)          5
   I.2.      Requirements of the Program, Overview                                                         6
   I.3.      Fine Arts Core Examination Guidelines                                                         10
   I.4.      Internship Guidelines                                                                         13
   I.5.      Professional Problem Guidelines                                                               15


   II.1.     Program Outline for the Art Specialization, Critical Studies and Artistic Practice            17
             Program Definitions
   II.1.A. Residency Requirements                                                                          19
   II.1.B.   Criteria for Admissions                                                                       19
   II.2.     Critical Studies and Artistic Practice Core Courses                                           19
   II.2.A. List of CSAP Courses                                                                            20
   II.2.B.   Proposals for Art 5340 and 5105                                                               21
   II.3.     List of Courses Pre-Approved for Art Specialization, Critical Studies and Artistic Practice   22
   II.4.     Foundation/ Tool Subjects                                                                     23


   III.1.    Doctoral Faculty Responsibilities                                                             23
   III.2.    Admissions                                                                                    23
             Studio Coursework                                                                             24
             Studio and Office Spaces                                                                      25
   III.3. Degree Plan                                                                                      26
   III.4. Student Courseload                                                                               26
   III.5. Periodic Evaluative Procedures                                                                   27
   III.6.    Student Responsibilities                                                                      28
             Texas Tech University Statement of Academic Integrity                                         28
             Academic Dishonesty                                                                           28
   III.7.    Qualifying Exams                                                                              29
   III.8.    The Dissertation: Planning                                                                    31
   III.8.A. Form                                                                                           31
   III.8.B. Topic, Advisor, Committee                                                                      32
   III.8.C. Eligibility                                                                                    32
   III.8.D. The Dissertation Proposal                                                                      32
             1) Procedures                                                                                 33
             2) Content                                                                                    33

3) Presentation to the Dissertation Committee                                        34
            4) Approval of the Proposal                                                          34
   III.9.   Advancement to Candidacy                                                             35
   III.10. Writing the Dissertation                                                              35
   III.11. The Final Examination (Dissertation Defense) and Subsequent Revisions                 37
   III.12. The Last Semester: Timetables                                                         38

SECTION IV. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES                                                                 38


Appendix 1. Annual Student Progress Toward the Degree                                            41

Appendix 2. Advising Work Sheet                                                                  43

Appendix 3. TA Mentorship Guidelines                                                             45

                                        SECTION ONE

                          The Fine Arts Doctoral Program

                                            formulated by the

                                      GRADUATE COMMITTEE

                                              for reference by
                                                students and

           These policies are related to the interdisciplinary aspects of the program. Each
               student must consult the graduate advisor of the appropriate major area for
               policies specific to that area. Revisions are in force as the date appearing on
               the section.
                                            (Revised October 2016)


I.1.A. Mission, Values, and Administration

Established in 1972, the Fine Arts Doctoral Program (FADP) is administered within the
College of Visual and Performing Arts, effective September 2002.

The mission of the Fine Arts Doctoral Program is to offer a unique interdisciplinary
education in Art, Music, Theatre, and Philosophy; provide a comprehensive approach to
doctoral study of the arts and of aesthetic principles; and foster leadership in the arts for
emerging and established institutions for the benefit of our cultural communities and society
as a whole. We define “interdisciplinary education” as a process that draws on multiple
disciplines in an effort to integrate their insights and develop a more comprehensive

The Fine Arts Doctoral Program offers an interdisciplinary education in Art, Music, Theatre,
and Philosophy; provides a comprehensive approach to doctoral study of the arts and of
aesthetic principles; and fosters leadership in the arts for institutions of higher education, for
the benefit of regional culture, and for the enrichment of society as a whole. The program is
interdisciplinary in the sense that all students participate in a core of courses that provide an
overview of the arts and an introduction to aesthetics, and attempt to integrate insights from
various disciplines. At the same time, each student develops a major, usually ten courses or
more, in one area of Art, Music, or Theatre Arts. The aim of the program is thus to provide
depth and breath in the course of study most likely to develop scholarly, creative and
administrative leadership in the arts, and to teach students to take interdisciplinary
approaches to complex issues in the arts.

The Fine Arts Doctoral Program is committed to artistic and academic excellence;
interdisciplinary perspectives on the arts; development of individual and interactive talent;
creativity and innovation; diversity and flexibility; depth and breadth of training; artistic and
academic integrity; and artistic and academic freedom.

The Fine Arts Doctoral Program aims to achieve national and international recognition for its
disciplinary and interdisciplinary innovation and excellence by preparing effective leaders for
creative, academic, and administrative positions in the arts.

The Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts appoints the Graduate Advisor (or
equivalent title) and one representative from each of the three major units to serve on the
Graduate Committee (GC), the group charged with supervising the Fine Arts Doctoral
Program. An Associate Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts is director of the
FADP, chairs the Graduate Committee, and serves as liaison to Chairs and Directors of Art,
Music, Theatre and Dance, and Philosophy.
Among other responsibilities, the Graduate Committee makes final recommendations to the
Dean of the Graduate School on admissions and maintains a continuing review of all aspects
of the program. Acting on behalf of the committee, the Director reviews individual
admissions worksheets and degree plans, and forwards them to the Graduate School.

The three major divisions of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts exercise responsibility for students
in their individual areas.       This responsibility includes screening applicants and
recommending admission, counseling students in the development of individual degree plans,
administering examinations, and forming advisory committees for direction of dissertations.
For this reason, the Graduate Advisor in each unit constitutes an important liaison to the
Graduate Committee.

A note on terminology: the degree program is “Doctorate in Fine Arts,” “Minor” refers to the
interdisciplinary core courses, and “Major” refers to the major (area of specialization), i.e.,
art, music, or theatre arts.



The Graduate Committee admits students to the Fine Arts Doctoral Program and awards
scholarships/fellowships to Fine Arts doctoral students in compliance with the policies of
Texas Tech University and the State of Texas. The Graduate Committee was established
according to the provisions of the original program proposal approved by the State
Coordinating Board. As such, it has the responsibility of reviewing and acting on all
applications for admission to the program.

Students applying for admission to the Fine Arts Doctoral Program must apply both to the
Graduate School and to the School or Department (Art, Music, or Theatre and Dance) in
which they intend to major. Applications approved by a School or Department, which are
evaluated according to the criteria and policies of that School or Department, are then
forwarded to the Graduate Committee for consideration. The GC does not automatically
approve applicants who are recommended by their major units, but it weighs such
recommendations most heavily among all the factors considered. The GC considers the
individual profile of the student (in particular, his or her professional goals, past professional
and educational experiences, portfolios or other demonstrations of ability and motivation,
and recommendations), the artistic and academic records of the student, and the test scores of
the student. The Graduate Committee evaluates candidates on all pertinent available
evidence and seeks to admit the strongest candidates.

The Graduate Committee reviews applications and records its decision as approved, denied,
or conditional i.e., “with conditions.” Specific conditions are itemized on the worksheet sent
to the Graduate School and are monitored by individual units, which shall report any
irregularities to the GC. The Director sends the committee’s final recommendation to the
Dean of the Graduate School who notifies the student of acceptance or denial. This process
can be lengthy, so applicants should apply as far in advance of desired entry date as possible.
Specific admissions procedures may alter during 2015-2016 as the Graduate School moves to
online submission of application materials.


Initial enrollment in coursework should follow the counsel of the graduate advisor in the
major. The official program of work is not developed until after a diagnostic evaluation
and/or a preliminary examination.

Residence Requirement

Regardless of the amount of graduate work which may have been completed elsewhere,
every applicant for the doctorate is required to complete at least one year of graduate study
beyond the master’s degree in residence at Texas Tech. The aim of this requirement is to
ensure that every doctoral candidate devotes a substantial period of time to study without the
distraction of employment outside the university. For this reason, no one should contemplate
doctoral candidacy who is not able or willing to spend at least one year as a full-time student.

The residence requirement is normally fulfilled in one of two ways: if no employment is
held in the university, two consecutive semesters of 12 hours each (the two summer terms are
counted together as a semester); or, with a half-time assistantship, two consecutive long
semesters of 9 hours each and 6 hours in the summer.

Residency plans varying slightly from those above may be acceptable, but they must be
approved in advance by the Dean of the Graduate School. The plan for meeting this
requirement must be indicated on the form for submitting the doctoral degree plan to the
Graduate School.

Diagnostic Evaluation/Preliminary Examination

Each doctoral program at Texas Tech includes a diagnostic evaluation, usually administered
by written or oral examination, or both, during the first semester of doctoral work. The
purpose of this evaluation is to determine the student’s preparation for doctoral study in the
major and to discover aspects of the discipline where additional preparation is needed. On
the basis of this evaluation the official program of study is determined and recorded in the
degree plan.

Degree Plan

The degree plan records the minimum coursework required to complete the program of study
and is filed with the Graduate School for its review and approval. At its inception,
information required on the plan comprises: leveling courses (if any), tool or foundation
subject (if any), coursework in the core (minor), eleven courses in the major, dissertation
hours (12), dissertation Advisory Committee chair, and dissertation topic. The degree plan
should be submitted to the Director of the Fine Arts Doctoral Program before the end of the
first year, preferably near the end of the first semester of doctoral work. Upon review, the
Director forwards the plan to the Dean of the Graduate School for final approval, after which
it becomes the official program of study.

The Dissertation Advisory Committee

Soon after the student’s preliminary evaluation, an advisory committee is appointed by the
Dean of the Graduate School, with members recommended by the department involved. Each
nominee must hold membership on the Graduate Faculty. This committee ordinarily includes
at least three members from the department of the major and at least two members from core
and/or related areas (the latter may be determined at a later date). Departures from ordinary
arrangements must be approved by the College of Visual and Performing Arts Graduate
Committee. The function of this committee is to guide the student in all remaining aspects of
the program and especially in research leading to the dissertation.

The Fine Arts Core

In addition to study in the field of specialization area, each student completes a series of core
courses as a minor comprising 15 hours of work outside the field of specialization. Students
participate in three required cohort courses, one philosophy course, and one option from
philosophy or interdisciplinary topics: .

   •   VPA 5301 (VPA 5300 subsection): Colloquium, cohort course
   •   VPA 5310 (VPA 5300 subsection): Arts Histories, cohort course
   •   VPA 5314 (VPA 5300 subsection): Arts in A Contemporary Context, cohort course
   •   VPA 5300: Topics in the Visual and Performing Arts, option
   •   PHILOSOPHY 5310: History of Aesthetics
   •   PHILOSOPHY 5314: Contemporary Aesthetics

                     FINE ARTS CORE COURSES -5301, 5310, and 5314

VPA 5301. Colloquium: Inter/Disciplinarity in the Arts
           The principal goal of this course is to introduce students to interdisciplinary
research and inquiry in the arts.

VPA 5310. Arts Histories
        The principal aim of this course is to provide an historical and critical overview of the
field. Areas covered will include historical and critical interpretations, introduction to major
theories and methodologies, investigation of particular artists, works or movements which
provide insight into specific creative techniques, basic media and techniques of the field, and
interdisciplinary relationships with the other arts.

VPA 5314. The Arts in Contemporary Context

The principal focus of this course is contemporary issues in the field. The course will
include current artistic trends, theory and criticism, organization (e.g. funding,
administration), and cultural policy (e.g. education, assessment, censorship, multicultural

VPA 5300. Topics in the Visual and Performing Arts

PHIL 5310. History of Aesthetics.
       Major philosophical theories of art and beauty from classical Greece to the twentieth

PHIL 5314. Contemporary Aesthetics.
       Current problems in aesthetics; the nature of a work of art, of aesthetic experience
and judgment: issues of interpretation and evaluation in the arts.

Major and Dissertation Hours

Each student must complete a minimum of 33 hours in the major beyond the master’s degree.
The coursework in the major is determined in consultation with the graduate advisor or the
advisory committee. The dissertation requires an additional enrollment of at least 12 hours.
Once dissertation research has begun, the student must enroll in dissertation hours (8000)
each semester, including summers, until the project is complete. Continuous enrollment in
dissertation hours can be curtailed only if a formal leave of absence from the program has
been granted for medical or emergency reasons.

The Qualifying Examination

Near or at the end of the coursework, each doctoral student undergoes extensive examination
over the fields of study involved in the program. This examination covers both the Fine Arts
Core (minor) and the major, though not necessarily at the same time.

MINOR (Fine Arts Core). The core examination is designed to test the student’s general
understanding of concepts and materials implicit in the program of core courses required for
the degree. It is conducted according to the policy set forth in SECTION III, CORE

MAJOR (Area of specialization). The examination in the major area is conducted according
to the policy of the department involved.

When the examination in both the minor (core) and the major (area of specialization) have
been evaluated, the Graduate Advisor reports the results to the Graduate School. If all
examinations have been passed and all other requirements for candidacy have been met, the
Advisor will recommend that the student be admitted to candidacy for the doctorate. If the
examination is not passed, the Graduate School will notify the student that one additional
opportunity to pass the examination will be permitted.


Each candidate for the doctorate in Fine Arts writes a formal dissertation under the direction
of his or her advisory committee for submission to the Dean of the Graduate School. The
form of the dissertation project varies from student to student, but follows one of three
options: internship study (see SECTION I.4), professional problem (see SECTION I.5), or
more traditional research. Some students may choose to develop dissertations from an
interdisciplinary approach, in which case the advisory committee should reflect the breadth
of the choice and coursework preparation may be more extensive. In any case, the project
involves some mode of research and analysis and includes a stated problem, hypothesis, and
planned structure of execution. Its written form conforms to the Graduate School’s
Instructions for Preparing and Submitting Theses and Dissertations.

Final Examination (“DEFENSE”)

           A final public oral examination over the general field of the dissertation, often
termed the defense, is required of every candidate for the doctorate. It may be scheduled at
any suitable time after the dissertation (not necessarily the final version) has been approved
by the advisory committee. The examination may not be administered until at least three
weeks have elapsed following the candidate’s submission to the Graduate School of the form
for scheduling the examination. The student must consult the Thesis/Dissertation
Coordinator in the Graduate School for copies of this form.

The advisory committee and the Dean of the Graduate School (or the dean’s representative)
conduct the examination. All members of the committee participate fully in the examination
and cast a vote. The examination is public so visitors, including professors other than
members of the committee, may participate in the examination although they have no vote in
determining the outcome. At the conclusion of the examination, the chair of the advisory
committee will send a written notice to the Graduate School giving the result of the

The other component of the Qualifying Exams is the Fine Arts Core Examination. The
following represent procedures applying to most students entering the program prior to 2014.
Revised procedures will be phased in as necessary to accommodate students whose programs
overlap with the revised FADP instituted during 2014-2015. Students should consult the
FADP site for changes instituted during the course of the 2015-2016 year.

The core examination tests the student’s general understanding of concepts and materials
implicit in the program of the Fine Arts Core Courses (the “minor”). The exam consists of
one question, which may have several components, and which touches upon the various arts.
The student presents a 20-minute oral response to the question to a specially formulated
committee then continues to answer questions posed by the committee and the audience.
During this process, the student should demonstrate an ability to relate general issues and
concerns common to all the arts. So that students and faculty can identify appropriate
parameters for the question, previous FA Core Examination questions are posted on the
FADP website.

The following is a guide to the process:

1. When should a student take the core exam?
        Students should take the core exam during the semester following the conclusion of
their core class work or at the end of the last semester in which they are enrolled in core

2. How is the core committee formed?
        In consultation with his or her area advisor, the student selects the committee. One
committee member must be from Art, one from Music, one from Philosophy, and one from
Theatre. Ideally, the committee members will be drawn from the group of instructors who
have taught the student in the core classes; when this is not possible, other core course
instructors can be asked to serve on the committee. The student should contact the
prospective committee members and ask if they will be on the committee. The Director of
the Fine Arts Doctoral Program is automatically the chair of the committee. All members of
the committee, including the FADP director, are voting members.
        Students should obtain the Core Exam Participation Form and ask the Core Exam
committee members to sign it, thereby indicating their agreement to serve.

3. Who writes the question?
       The student picks the committee member that the student would like to have write the
question and asks that person if he or she is willing to do so. The person who writes the
question cannot be from the student’s major area.

4. How is the question approved?
        After talking to the student about his or her interests and experiences, the examiner
writes a question and distributes it to other members of the committee for discussion. Once
the committee members have had an opportunity to make suggestions about the question
within a specified period of time, the examiner sends by e-mail or campus mail a revised
version of the question to all committee members, who will promptly inform both the Fine
Arts Doctoral Program director and the author of the question whether or not they approve
the question.

5. How is the exam scheduled and how are the arrangements finalized?
        As the committee is being formed or once the committee is formed, the student sets a
target date for the exam in consultation with the committee. After the question has been
approved and certified as approved by the Fine Arts Doctoral Program director, the
arrangements can be finalized. In consultation with the student and other committee
members, the author of the question confirms the day and time for the exam and reserves a
suitable room. The author of the question will then send an announcement about the time
and place to members of the committee and to the graduate directors of Art, Music, and
Theatre, who may post or otherwise publicize the announcement.

The question must be formally approved and given to the student two weeks in
advance of the exam date. After receiving the question, the student is expected to meet with
the committee members in preparation for the exam.

6. What happens at the core examination?
        The Fine Arts Doctoral Program director presides at the exam. The exam is open,
meaning that other students, faculty members, or interested parties may attend as visitors. As
the exam begins, all individuals present are recognized, and the question is read aloud. The
student then has up to twenty minutes to make a presentation responding to the question.
The members of the examination committee will next ask questions of the student about the
presentation and about implications of the question and the presentation. Discussion among
the committee members during the questioning portion of the exam is likely. The
questioning period should last about forty-five minutes to an hour. If time permits, when all
of the committee members have had an opportunity to question the student, any visitors
present may ask questions.
        At the conclusion of the questioning, the student and any visitors are asked to leave
the room, and the committee members discuss and evaluate the student’s presentation and
responses. No written vote is taken, and committee decision does not need to be unanimous;
a majority in favor of passing will result in a decision to pass, while a majority in favor of
failing will result in a decision to fail. When the committee members have reached a
decision about whether the student has passed or failed, the student is invited back into the
room and is given the committee’s decision, at which time committee members are
encouraged to discuss briefly both performance and outcome with the student.

7. What do committee members expect in students’ core examinations?
Examiners expect the following:
    • The ability (a) to identify a single thesis or a set of central arguments in response to
      the question; (b) the ability to provide and explain convincing evidence to support the
      thesis/arguments; and (c) the ability to respond intelligently to challenges to the
    • An understanding of key principles of art and aesthetics.
    • The ability to synthesize and apply concepts presented in the core courses.
    • The ability to discuss accurately and clearly selected examples of art, music, and
      theatre that pertain to the question being asked.
    • A broad general knowledge of art, music, theatre, and aesthetics.
    • Insight into the topic being discussed and into the implications of that topic.
    • The ability to deliver an oral presentation that balances confidence and humility.
    • Intellectual curiosity and intellectual engagement.

At each exam, committee members complete forms to register their assessments of uniform
characteristics; the individual assessments are compiled using a rubric that can be found at
the following web link. Students are encouraged to visit this page and view the rubric:

The use of hand-outs, overhead transparencies, slides, video clips, power point presentations,
or other audio-visual aids in the core exam presentation is welcome as long as the aids are

appropriate for the topic and for the student’s approach to the topic. Elaborate audio-visual
aids are not, however, a substitute for the skills, abilities, and characteristics identified

8. What happens after the core examination?
 The Fine Arts Doctoral Program director will complete the exam rubric that indicates
 whether the student passed or failed the exam. The rubric is sent to members of the
 committee and to the unit's graduate advisor for placement in student's file; an
 abbreviated record is sent to the student. If the student passed, the student proceeds with
 his or her program of study. When a student completes the remaining segments of the
 qualifying exam (covering the specialization), the unit’s Graduate Advisor files a report
 form at the Graduate School with results of the entire qualifying exam, and, if required,
 dissertation proposal. At this point, the student is recommended for Candidacy.
 If the student failed, student continues with the qualifying exam process and completes
 all other portions of the exam as required within the specialization. When all
 components are completed, the Graduate Advisor sends a report form to the Graduate
 School as record of the first failure in the qualifying exam process. Graduate School
 policy dictates that “[a]n applicant who does not pass the qualifying examination* may
 be permitted to repeat it once after a time lapse of at least four months and not more than
 twelve months from the date of the unsatisfactory examination. Failure to pass the
 qualifying examination within the specified time will result in dismissal from the
 program irrespective of performance in other aspects of doctoral study” (Graduate
 Catalog, 2010-11). Ordinarily, the original committee members will remain on the
 committee for the second exam, and the same or a different person may write the second
 question; exceptions to the ordinary procedure must be approved by the core committee.
 A student who is to take a second examination may continue to take course work in the
 field of specialization but may also be advised to enroll in or audit additional core
 courses. A student must retake only the portion(s) of the exam failed at first attempt;
 repeated failure on any single component then results in failure of the entire exam at
 second attempt.

 *The Fine Arts Doctoral Program Qualifying Examination process comprises an
 examination of the multidisciplinary core as a minor area and a departmental
 examination of the field of specialization.

9. What if other questions or ambiguities arise concerning the core examination?
           The Fine Arts Doctoral Program director will be responsible for making decisions
in such cases.


The Internship

  A professional internship may be approved as a part of the dissertation requirement of the
  doctoral program in Fine Arts. The internship itself is extended as a research project that
  requires analysis, evaluation, and synthesis within a dissertation. Ordinarily, approval is
given through the student’s dissertation advisory committee on behalf of the Graduate
 Committee and is based on review of the stated professional goals of the student and on the
  nature and location of the internship proposed. Students should follow the guidelines for
                           acceptable internships presented below.

1. What factors distinguish an internship?
       The internship must provide the student an opportunity to work under quality
professional supervision in the area of specialization, and must allow the student to become
acquainted with current best practices in a specific arts situation. It constitutes a legitimate
learning situation wherein the research experience extends beyond merely viewing operations
in a delimited setting for a specified period of time, and serves primarily the student’s
educational needs.

2. What responsibilities lie with the host institution?
        The host institution assumes responsibility for assigning specific tasks to the student,
subject to the qualifications listed above. The mentor associated with the host institution may
be appointed as an auxiliary member of the student’s committee provided that the person
meets graduate faculty standards at Texas Tech University. The host institution bears no
obligation to employ the student after completion of the internship.

3. What is the role of the advisory committee and the GC in arranging an internship?
        The student’s dissertation advisory committee bears responsibility for approving the
internship proposal, submitting it to GC scrutiny only in instances when its provisions appear
not to conform to the intent of these guidelines. In addition, the advisory committee is
responsible for formulating agreements and arrangements with the host institution (or for
delegating those tasks). With the approval of the advisory committee, either the institution or
the student may, for good reason, terminate the relationship at any time before the originally
agreed-upon date of completion.

4. How is an internship approved?
         Students wishing to use the internship as part of the doctoral program in Fine Arts
must submit a proposal in writing to the dissertation advisory committee well in advance of
the projected starting date (ideally, six months). The proposal must provide the title and
description of the project, including location, relevance to the program, expected outcomes,
and other pertinent information. Wherever appropriate, the proposal should provide a review
of relevant literature on the project, of critical strategies for completing it, and/or of aspects
of the student’s background which might be expected to facilitate successful completion.
Finally, the proposal should provide evidence of interest on the part of the proposed host
institution if that is possible.

5. When is an internship undertaken?
        The Graduate Committee recommends that internships not proceed until qualifying
examinations (core and departmental) are satisfactorily completed and the student’s advisory
committee has approved the proposal. Neither the GC nor the advisory committee bears any
responsibility for difficulties that may result from an internship initiated prior to qualifying
exams, initiated prior to committee approval, or proposed fewer than six months in advance
of the project.
6. Do I receive credit for an internship?
       Students may elect to intern for a period of not less than six months nor more than
one year. Normally, only credit for dissertation research or individual research courses may
be earned during the internship period. The internship and its presentation in dissertation
form will carry no fewer than 12 credit hours toward the degree with no fewer than four
terms of 8000 in the major area.

7. What happens during the period of internship?
        Communication is essential for an effective internship. During it the student must
submit a written report at least every two weeks to the chair of the dissertation advisory
committee. The advisory committee is responsible for arranging periodic oversight, whether
by means of forwarded reports, site visits, instructional technology (interactive video, virtual
galleries, tapes and recordings, etc.), and so on. In addition, the host institution is provided
an opportunity to evaluate the internship.

8. How is the project completed?
       Upon completion of the internship itself, the student writes a dissertation describing
the project, identifying a significant problem or issue addressed within it, explaining his or
her approach to the problem through the internship, analyzing the data and/or experience
gained, resolving the problem, and evaluating the effectiveness of the resolution. This
document must survey previous studies of related projects, acknowledge all relevant
scholarship on the subject, and address original aspects of the project itself. The paper must
meet the Graduate School’s standards for doctoral dissertations as to format and quality and
is submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School when completed.


The Professional Problem

If the topic is approved by a student’s advisory committee, a professional problem may
constitute the focus of examination for a dissertation.

By their nature, professional problems can derive from myriad subjects. Like an internship,
professional problems involve the researcher in an experiential situation that constitutes a
single, unique set of circumstances that requires analysis. It is not always assumed that
conclusions gained from this type of situation-specific study can be generalized directly to
other situations.

Depending upon the type and structure of examination proposed, professional problems
might include extended critical analysis of one’s own creative work, examination of a
specific educational or artistic situation or issue, preparation and evaluation of an
administrative program, devising and delivering a course of study, and so on. Any such
project, when written as a dissertation, includes the stated problem, a thesis, a planned
structure of execution, and research of relevant literature on the topic or strategies to explore
it. The final form conforms to all Graduate School requirements for dissertations.

The student’s advisory chair must supervise the project closely since professional problems
are potentially open-ended investigations. Students who desire to exercise this option should
communicate effectively with all concerned throughout the duration of the project, as
appropriate. The proposal form that follows constitutes a model that the student and advisory
chair, in consultation, might use as a guide so as to conform to the parameters of the specific
professional problem.


           Describe the proposed project and its scope or limits. Provide definitions as

           Explain the need for and significance of the proposed project. Describe relevant
           studies and research related to the problem, explaining how the proposed project
           will contribute to knowledge about the topic. Describe your qualifications to work
           on this problem.
           This section should demonstrate the researcher’s competence to work in this field
           of study. Descriptions and background research should provide clear evidence of
           a thorough and disciplined approach to the proposed topic. Discussion must
           indicate familiarity with relevant literature, ability to distinguish significant
           works, and consideration of current publications related to the topic proposed.

           Present a specific statement of the problem proposed for investigation. This
           statement represents the focal point of study, and may be stated either as a concise
           question or as a thesis that is examined (and, one hopes, supported) through this
           study. A carefully crafted thesis statement implicitly delineates the boundaries or
           scope of inquiry.

           Describe the methods used to complete the project, including critical strategies, if
           relevant. Justify the use of these method(s) for gathering and analyzing data in
           relation to the specific project as proposed. If proposing the use of multiple
           methods, demonstrate the compatibility of the methods in terms of their
           philosophical bases. This is particularly important if different critical strategies
           (as opposed to “objective” data analysis) are to be combined. Include all sources
           that, at this time, you think would contribute to the final work: data bases,
           surveys, interviews, documents, etc.

           List chapter titles and include a brief overview of each.
           Suggested chapter outline:
                                       Chapter I: Introduction
                                       Chapter II: Background
Chapter III: The Project
                                      Chapter IV: Resolution and Implications
                                             NB: Consultation with the advisory chair is
                                             essential. In some cases, appendices may
                                             comprise the major portion of the dissertation,
                                             e.g., surveys, playscripts, documentation of

           Include references that led to the selection of this project, basic literature already
           examined, and references that will be examined in the course of study.


           Project a chronology of the steps leading to the completion of the proposed
           problem. Be as detailed as possible, working backwards from the projected date
           of defense. Consult with the advisory chair to ascertain the time required to
           review each draft of every chapter, and remember that chapters usually require
           several reviews. Consult any additional qualifications stipulated by the Major
           unit. Meeting all deadlines is the student’s responsibility.

                Critical Studies and Artistic Practice

Title of Degree Program:      Ph.D. in Fine Arts (Art)
Specialization:       Art
Concentration: Critical Studies and Artistic Practice


Mission Statement, School of Art:
The mission of the School of Art is to provide a stimulating and challenging environment in
which students develop creative and scholarly potential, to support faculty members in the
pursuit of excellence in teaching and research, to serve and lead public and professional
constituencies, and to facilitate intercultural understandings through art.

Mission Statement, Fine Arts Doctoral Program, Art Specialization:

The Art specialization Critical Studies and Artistic Practice recognizes that the arts in the
21st century often involve questions, problems, and topics that are too broad or complex to
be addressed adequately by a single discipline. Our program seeks to deal with this
complexity by drawing on multiple disciplines, primarily in the arts, in an effort to integrate
their insights and develop a more comprehensive understanding. To that end, TTU’s program
is not a doctorate in studio, art education, or art history. Instead, students create an
individualized combination of coursework within the arts and beyond as relevant to their
dissertation projects.

The Program Goals for Critical Studies and Artistic Practice are to:
   • Emphasize interdependence among the disciplines of the visual arts.
   • Present and model scholarship across disciplinary boundaries.
   • Foster knowledge of the objects of visual art as well as the social, political, economic,
      and aesthetic matrices in which the artworks are embedded.
   • Require that students critique their own assumptions.
   • Provide opportunities for innovation among the arts disciplines.
   • Develop the intellectual knowledge, creativity, critical methods, and academic skills
      essential for each student to create an original, substantive contribution to knowledge
      in the visual arts.

Program Definitions:

How do we define “interdisciplinarity”?
As a research method, interdisciplinarity involves using multiple disciplines in an integrative
way to solve a problem or address an issue. Whereas traditionally the arts are separated into
disciplines such as theatre, music, visual art, dance, film, etc., an interdisciplinary approach
to the arts seeks to merge disciplines in an effort to create, discover, and redefine in a
transformative way. The advantage of interdisciplinary methodologies involves new
creations, concepts, or discoveries that may not be conceivable through disciplinary

How do we define “critical studies”?
Interdisciplinary in nature, critical studies combines cultural study, critical theory (e.g., social
theory, feminist theory, history, philosophy, media theory, etc.), and artistic and literary
criticism in an effort to assess how a particular concept, medium, work, or movement, relates
to or interacts with ideology, time, place, social class, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, and/or
gender, for example.

How do we define “artistic practice”?
We conceive of artistic practice as a form of research--that is, product-oriented or process-
based inquiry in the visual arts leading to substantive written or hybrid scholarship. Artistic
practice uses the tools and techniques of the fine arts--including material exploration, formal
experimentation, and participatory investigation--to contribute to medium-specific or
transmedial discourses of art-making as well as to humanistic academic disciplines such art
history, aesthetic philosophy, and cultural studies.

The program requires a minimum of 60 hours as follows:
       Fifteen (15) hours of Fine Arts Core courses,
       Twelve (12) hours of Critical Studies and Artistic Practice courses or VPA courses,
       Twenty-one (21) hours of approved coursework in multidisciplinary study related to
       the specialization area (major),
       Zero to six (0 – 6) hours in foundation or tool subjects, taken outside the major;
       Twelve (12) hours dissertation.

Additional requirements are the successful completion of:
       Fine Arts Core Examination,
       Art Qualifying Examination,
       Proposal for Dissertation, Professional Problem, or Internship,
       Dissertation Defense (final examination).

School of Art requirements support university regulations governing residency.

Admissions at the School of Art level are based upon satisfactory, holistic review of all
application materials. These should include:
           1. satisfactory GRE scores,
           2. recommended GPA of 3.5 on master’s level work,
           3. TOEFL score of 550 (international students),
           4. undergraduate and graduate transcripts,
           5. current curriculum vitae,
           6. three-page, double-spaced, written statement of purpose, including a statement
               indicating a desire to pursue interdisciplinary study
           7. a sample of scholarly writing; minimum five double-spaced pages;
               appropriately documented,
           8. three current letters of recommendation on CSAP form,
           9. for acceptance into the doctoral program, the applicant must have completed a
               master’s degree, or its equivalent, normally with emphasis in some area of the
               visual arts,
           10. if the student’s career goal involves practicing Art Education, the teaching
               certification, art teaching experience, art program development, and/or other
               art related professional experience prior to admission are highly desirable.
           11. ordinarily the completion of eighteen (18) hours on the graduate or
               undergraduate level in art histories, art criticism, art education, art leadership,

and/or visual culture courses with a grade of “B” or better is essential to
               admission; if this criterion is not met, then leveling is assigned.

As the “core experience” of the program, these courses have the following objectives:
   • Foster knowledge of various types of critical studies used in the art world.
   • Provide potential for challenging hybridized study
   • Provide opportunities for innovation
   • Provide a skill set required for successful completion of final project or dissertation.
   • Foster self-critique and instill desire for achievement at the highest level.


ART 5100. Advanced Art Unit. (1:0:2)
Ph.D. students should enroll in ART 5100 “Advanced Art Unit” during their first semester as
a TA in the mentorship process. (See Appendix 3 for Mentorship Program Guidelines).
Enrollment is with the specific faculty member with whom they are mentoring. This will give
the faculty member workload credit for the mentorship process and satisfy the student’s 5100

ART 5105. Organizing Public Forums About Art. (1:0:2)
Graduate students gain pre-professional experience by organizing a series of scholarly public
lectures, discussions, and/or events that focus on a single theme associated with art. Each
course offering is unique. May be repeated.

ARTH 5305. Topics in Art History

ARTH 5308. Methods and Theories in Art History. (3). Prerequisite: Consent of
instructor. Graduate seminar course that exposes students to main methodology and theory of
history of art from classical antiquity to the twentieth century.

ARTH 5309. Theories of Contemporary Art. (3:3:0)
Advanced survey of contemporary art theory and critical methods, with emphasis on the
impact of the post-structuralist critique of representation.

ARTH 5382. Modern and Contemporary Art

ART 5340. Trans-disciplinary Approaches to Issues in the Arts. (3:3:0).
Instructors from two disciplines encourage the production of new knowledge and solutions
by approaching a challenging issue or topic in art from multiple critical, theoretical, and
historical perspectives. Team-taught. Each offering is unique. May be repeated.

ART 5360. Seminar in Art Education

ART 5361. Critical Pedagogy – Visual Arts

ART 5363. Research Methods in the Visual Arts

ART 5364. Feminist Research Methods

ART 5382. Modern and Contemporary Art

VPA 5300. Topics in the Visual and Performing Arts


ART 5340 will be team-taught by two graduate faculty, at least one of whom should be a
member of the Art Ph.D. faculty. The two instructors will propose a specific theme or issue
to address and submit a proposal to the Ph.D. committee for approval. The course, with its
changing topics, will be offered at least once annually. Its principal purpose is to fulfill the
objectives of the CSAP core for FADP / Art students. Other graduate students are welcome
to enroll.

Proposals for ART 5340 should address the following questions.
   1. What is the theme of the course?
   2. How does this course meet the objectives of the CSAP major?
   3. What are the critical lenses that will be used to approach the material and to design
      the course?
   4. What is the rationale for the collaboration of this particular team of faculty members?
   5. What is each member contributing to the course?
   6. Provide: a sample reading list, sample assignments, sample course requirements.

Proposals should be under 3 pages in length including the reading list. Proposals will be kept
on file for perusal of those wishing to create new course proposals.

For courses to be offered in the Fall, faculty must submit proposals to the Ph.D. Coordinator
for consideration by the Committee-of-the-Whole the previous November. For courses to be
offered in the Spring, proposals should be submitted the previous March.

Art 5105 should be generated by a group of doctoral students. The Graduate Coordinator
advises faculty and students that there are sufficient students to comprise such a course. The
coordinator may serve as instructor or another faculty whom the students suggest may serve,
depending on workload negotiations with the director of the SoA. Upon discussion with the
students who wish to enroll, the instructor submits a proposal to the Committee of the Whole
for its approval. The proposal should be similar to the one for 5340 and meet the same

The semester prior to the course, students identify a theme for the forum and sketch out a list
of participants and events. They and the instructor establish a reading list and determine the
availability of speakers or participants. During the semester it is offered, students actually
coordinate and stage one or two events that advance scholarly discussion on the chosen topic.
The Director of the SoA earmarks funds for this event but students, instructor and the
business Manager should meet to establish procedures for expenditures.

               Critical Studies courses
               ARTH 5308 Methods and Theories in Art History
               ARTH 5309 Theories of Contemporary Art
               ART 5340 Trans-disciplinary Approaches to the Arts
               ART 5363 Research Methods in the Visual Arts
               ART 5364 Feminist Research Methodologies in Visual Studies
               CMLL 5329 Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory
               ENGL 5342 Critical Methods
               ENGL 5343 Studies in Literary Criticism
               WS 5310       Feminist Thought and Theory

               Histories of the Arts courses
               ARTH 5305 Topics in Art History
               ARTH 5313 Arts of the Ancient World
               ARTH 5320 Arts of Medieval Europe
               ARTH 5363 18th and 19th Century Art
               ARTH 5315 Arts of the Pre-Columbian and Native Americas
               ARTH 5340 Renaissance and Baroque Art
               ARTH 5382 Modern and Contemporary Art
               ARTH 7000 Research

               And upper level courses in the history of art, with consent of instructor

               Art Education courses
               ART 5360 Seminar in Art Education
               ART 5361 Critical Pedagogy in the Visual Arts
               ART 5362 Historical Survey of the Teaching of Art
               ART 5366 Instructional Technology in the Visual Arts
ART 7000 Research

                Visual and Performing Arts courses
                VPA Topics in the Visual and Performing Arts

                Museum Studies courses
                MUSM 5321 Museology
                MUSM 5326 Museum Administration
                MUSM 5333 Museum Education

                Arts Administration courses
                LAW 6050 Museum and Art Law
                THA 5312 Theatre Management
                THA 5316 Promotion in the [Theatre] Arts
                THA 5317 Funding of the [Theatre] Arts
                THA 5318 Advocacy for the [Performing] Arts

                Students may also choose from courses in Studio Art, Theatre, Music, or
                other fields, as appropriate to topic, with consent of advisor.


Tool subjects provide skills for research in the dissertation area. Prescribed by the student’s
Faculty Advisor (Dissertation Chair), the tool subject must be outside the Visual Arts major.
It might be a foreign language*, statistics, digital skills, economics, etc. Depending upon a
student's background and educational needs as defined upon the degree plan, 0 to 8 hours of
“tool” coursework are required.

     * Competency in the specified research language is fulfilled in one of the three ways explained
     in the Graduate Catalog, under the section on the master’s language requirement.

                   THE ART SPECIALIZATION


       Responsibilities: The entire doctoral faculty is responsible for voting on admissions,
       attending the Formal Evaluation and Annual Reviews, considering curricular issues,
       and, as appropriate, serving as dissertation advisors and recruiting.

Ph.D. Coordinator:
       Responsibilities: The coordinator handles inquiries from prospective students;
       monitors applications and calls meetings of the Admissions Committee; advises
       incoming students until a Faculty Advisor is designated; organizes and presides over
Formal Evaluations and Annual Evaluations of student progress; coordinates TA and
          scholarship assignments; holds regular Ph.D. faculty meetings to monitor and
          improve curricular, academic, and student welfare issues; issues minutes of those
          meetings; updates program documentation on internal documents, website, and
          college catalogues; coordinates recruitment and outreach; maintains student files in
          the Art Office; and represents Ph.D. program in School and College committees as
          assigned, including the CVPA Graduate Committee.

Faculty Advisor (dissertation chair):
          Responsibilities: The dissertation advisory chair counsels the advisee; recommends
          specific courses during registration periods; monitors student's progress in program;
          reviews worksheet; coordinates the writing and grading of their advisees’ Qualifying
          Exams, guides research culminating in the dissertation.


Admissions Committee:
          The admissions committee comprises three members: the graduate coordinator, an art
          history representative, and a visual studies representative. The director of the school
          may elect to participate.
Admissions Procedures:
          (1) The graduate coordinator notifies all faculty by memo as to availability of new
                  application materials;
          (2) Files of all in-coming students who have applied but have not been previewed,
                  are made available for review by all faculty in art education and art history;
          (3) Area faculty recommends admission status prior to meetings of the Admissions
                  Committee. The following factors should be noted: (a) admission; (b)
                  conditional admission with leveling (note approximate amount of leveling,
                  e.g., 0-3 hours, 3-6 hours, etc.); (c) reject; (d) any concerns regarding the
                  student's focus.
          (4) Ordinarily the completion of eighteen (18) hours on the graduate or undergraduate
                  level in art histories, art criticism, art education, art leadership, and/or visual
                  culture courses with a grade of “B” or better is essential to admission; if this
                  criterion is not met, then leveling is assigned.
          (5) The graduate coordinator notes any reservations under "conditions of acceptance;"
                  forwards the file first to the Graduate Committee. If approved by the Graduate
                  Committee, the Dean of the FADP sends the admissions worksheet to the
                  Graduate School for approval of admission.

Studio Coursework: Application process for students who want to incorporate studio
practice in the doctoral program:


Students who wish to pursue Studio coursework while in the Doctoral program must
       have significant preparation in Studio Art, in the form of a BFA / MA / MFA in
       studio art.

       a. If students who have a degree in Studio want to incorporate this work in a practice-
       based dissertation, they should indicate this intention in their application, and submit
       a portfolio as well as a statement that explains the proposed project ideas and the
       relevance of studio art to the project. [See the description of Project-Based
       Dissertation on “critical studies” “artistic practice” document]. Students may pursue
       their Studio work independently without involving TTU Studio Art faculty. Such
       students may apply to use one of the studio spaces available to the CSAP program, on
       a semester-by-semester basis.

       b. If students wish to incorporate Studio Art courses at TTU as a component of the
       CSAP, they must indicate this intent in their applications. Acceptance to the program
       will include an assessment of the application by Studio Faculty. If students who have
       applied without indicating the intention to pursue Studio coursework subsequently
       decide they want to do so, they will have to submit an application to the Studio
       Faculty (via the PhD Coordinator) before the studio course component is approved.

       Applications must indicate the medium in which the student intends to take courses.
       If a student has experience in one medium but wants to pursue another while in the
       PhD program (and to receive graduate credit toward the PhD), that student may be
       asked by the Studio Faculty to complete undergraduate leveling in the new medium
       prior to being allowed to take graduate studio courses in the new medium.

Procedure for those wishing to take Studio Art courses while enrolled in the FADP / Art
doctoral program:

       Applications must include a portfolio of images, in CD format.

       Applications must include a statement of intent that describes the proposed project
       ideas and explains the relevance of specific studio art courses.

       If accepted, such students may apply to use one of the two studio spaces available to
       the CSAP program, on a semester-by-semester basis.

Studio and office space:

Studio space

Limited studio space is available. In 2014, two spaces are allocated to doctoral students in a
large shared room. Students wishing to use these spaces must apply by April 15 for Fall and
by November 15 for Spring. Applications should include a description of the kind of work to
be conducted and its relevance to the doctoral dissertation.

The committee-of-the-whole will allocate the spaces based on these criteria: overall

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